YONEX North Harbour International - Future Series
Waikato International - International Series
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New Zealand men’s singles No1 Joe Wu become the solitary Kiwi title winner when he defeated Malaysia’s Yognedran Khrishnan in straight games 21-16 22-20 in the final, but had to fight hard in the second game coming back from 5-15 down and then 16-20 down to take the title.
The win in 35 minutes will help Wu with his international ranking of 126 but also give him confidence after he was beaten in straight games by Khrishnan in April this year.
Waikato-based, Englishwoman, Tracey Hallam won the women’s singles title in straight games defeating countrywoman, Fontaine Mica Champman in a display of control and aggression. Thirty-eight-year-old Hallam is a former Commonwealth Games singles winner from 2006 and has been ranked in the top 10 in the world.
Hallam also picked up the women’s doubles title by teaming up with Australia’s Renuga Veeran to beat a Vietnamese pair in straight games.
Australia dominated the men’s doubles with two pairs in the finals as well as the mixed draw. Robin Middleton a former world top 20 player for England who is now playing for Australia combined with Ross Smith for the men’s doubles title while Smith teamed with Veeran to score the mixed title.
Wu bt Khrishnan 21-16 22-20
Hallam bt Chapman 21-15 21-16
Middleton/Smith bt Tam/Warfe 21-16 21-8
Hallam/Veeran bt Huyen/Pham 21-14 21-9
Smith/Veeran bt Tam/Somerville 21-16 21-12.